2016 MTV MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED 0 186

With the Oscars over for another year, awards season is winding down, but isn’t quite over yet. Instead, the nominees for the annual MTV movie awards have been revealed. Winners will be announced on April 10.

Check out a full list of categories and nominees below.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Creed

Deadpool

Jurassic World

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Straight Outta Compton

TRUE STORY

Concussion

Joy

Steve Jobs

Straight Outta Compton

The Big Short

The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY

Amy

Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

The Hunting Ground

The Wolfpack

What Happened, Miss Simone?

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina

Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect 2

Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Morena Baccarin – Deadpool

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

Chris Pratt – Jurassic World

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Matt Damon – The Martian

Michael B. Jordan – Creed

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Will Smith – Concussion

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

Brie Larson – Room

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dakota Johnson – Fifty Shades of Grey

John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

Kevin Hart – Ride Along 2

Melissa McCarthy – Spy

Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 2

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Will Ferrell – Get Hard

BEST ACTION PERFORMANCE

Chris Pratt – Jurassic World

Dwayne Johnson – San Andreas

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Vin Diesel – Furious 7

BEST HERO

Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Chris Evans – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dwayne Johnson – San Andreas

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

BEST VILLAIN

Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ed Skrein – Deadpool

Hugh Keays-Byrne – Mad Max: Fury Road

James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Samuel L. Jackson – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

BEST VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE

Amy Poehler – Inside Out

Andy Serkis – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jack Black – Kung Fu Panda 3

James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Lupita Nyong’o – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Seth MacFarlane – Ted 2

ENSEMBLE CAST

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Furious 7

Pitch Perfect 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Trainwreck

BEST KISS

Amy Schumer & Bill Hader – Trainwreck

Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan – Fifty Shades of Grey

Leslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth – Vacation

Margot Robbie & Will Smith – Focus

Morena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine – Pitch Perfect 2

BEST FIGHT

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) – Deadpool

Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear – The Revenant

Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) – Mad Max: Fury Road

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri) – Spy

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START YOUR ENGINES! RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE IS COMING TO THE UK 0 60

BBC Three and World of Wonder announced today that a UK version of the award-winning global hit RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to the channel in 2019.

In the first UK adaptation of the show, RuPaul will be on the lookout to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’. But, it will take more than just a wig and pair of heels to win as ten contestants take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition.

RuPaul, says: “It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three. I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”

Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill before taking on the Maxi Challenge, the headline moment of each show where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated and asked to “Sashay Away”.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race. It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels. With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”

Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, says: “I’ve been a huge fan of this funny, frank and fierce format for a long time. I also know there is a wealth of very talented and very competitive drag artists in the UK and I can’t wait for them to sashay onto the BBC!”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder Co-Founders and Executive Producers, say: “World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration, so bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming”.

CHRIS STILLS TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM & THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA 0 69

Having just released his first album in 10 years titled ‘Don’t Be Afraid’, it’s safe to say the last few months of 2018 in particular have been pretty big for Chris Stills. With the collection already championed by the likes of Mojo among others, while playing a few shows here in the UK, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Chris to find out more about his artistic influences, the one venue he’d most like to play and how it felt to have his work featured in two Oscar winning films.

TITL: For those unfamiliar with you and your music, how would you sum yourself and your sound up in a few words?

Chris Stills: I grew up with the fundamentals. A folk, blues and rock foundation. Dylan, Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, CSN, Neil Young, The Police, U2, AC/DC, Motown… all of it. Depending on my mood and what I’m trying to achieve with a song, I reach to the music I love for inspiration. That also includes my contemporaries like Rufus Wainwright, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley etc…What you get is a nice mixed bag of songs… kind of like a mixed tape you’d make a friend.

TITL: With so many other bands and artists around, what makes you stand out? If you had to sell yourself to a music fan, what would you tell them? 

CS: I write songs, then I work hard to record, mix and master them. I play them in various venues large and small with different formations. I’ll sell you at the show. And maybe over dinner.

TITL: To what extent have your musical influences changed over the course of your life and how do and have those influences impact the music you’ve made and make now?

CS: Music has a funny way of influencing you at different times for different reasons. I hate to admit it, but I’ve only recently discovered the Harry Nilsson record Pussy Cats which is at this very moment affecting me profoundly.

TITL: Which one band or artist might you say you sound most similar to? 

CS: Only the best ones.

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing? 

CS: It’s a funny thing that one… you don’t wanna look too high otherwise you get cold feet and wanna give up because your heroes can make you feel like you just pale in comparison. I think my biggest inspiration is making the time, then actually taking it, and not taking myself too seriously. Things tend to get better and better as you go.

TITL: Your new album has been praised by the likes of Mojo and Classic Rock among others, but do you actually care much about what critics think or are you more concerned with the thoughts of your fans? 

CS: It’s always nice to get a nod here and there but if I was here for it I might as well be selling yogurt. My favorite place to know whether people are into what I’m doing is on stage. It’s immediate and clear. No filters.

TITL: The album features co-writes/collaborations with Ryan Adams and Zac Rae of Death Cab For Cutie. How did those collaborations come about and what did each bring to the writing/creative process for the album?

CS: I met Ryan when we were just kids. We were guys in the 3rd room at the time of The Rolling Stones who were working on Bridges to Babylon. We were just a couple of kids back then but really became close when he and Ethan Johns asked me to come play on Gold. At some point later Ryan had built his studio, PaxAm and invited me to come be creative there. With him… without him. He was ever so supportive. He ended up helping me finish Criminal Mind.

Zac Rea is force of nature in his own right. If you want that X-Factor in your music he will deliver every time. He’s one of my favorite people to work with and like Ryan and really everyone else really helped me make this record.

TITL: If you had to pick your favourite song on the album, which would it be and why? 

CS: They all hold a very special place. I guess some of the more fun sessions were the ones that were recorded with the most folks playing at the same time. “Lonely Nights”, “Don’t be Afraid”… those were some exciting times in the studio.

TITL: Your music has been included in several films, including I, Tonya and American Hustle as well as in the US version of the hit show Shameless, in which you also appeared. What impact did having that happen have on your career in terms of audience/fan base interaction and interest? 

CS: Well, it doesn’t hurt to be a part of Academy Award winning film. Or working with David O’Russell, Mark Batson, John Wells or Sue Jacobs. I mean, they’re the best in their fields. If anything it’s a good confidence booster, isn’t it?

TITL: As a modern day artist, and given how long you’ve been in and around the industry, how are you finding social media’s impact on your career? Would you agree it’s a vital tool in today’s world or do you think we as a general society have become far too reliant on it?

CS: I think social media has leveled the playing field. Sadly it also seems to have sucked all the life out of any mystery in this world. But you really have to have lived when that still existed to know what I’m talking about. Is social media vital? Yes. It’s running everything and everyone into a big opaque blobby data mine.

TITL: You’ve got a final number of 2018 shows coming up. For anyone who hasn’t seen you before, what can people expect from your performances?

CS: For me, my shows are like a release… all the energy that goes into it… the work, the travel, the road, the life… it all culminates on stage.

TITL: If you could play one venue that you haven’t yet, which would it be and why? 

CS: I have always dreamed of playing the Royal Albert Hall. Do I really need to ex.plain that one?

TITL: Finally then, now that 2018 is almost over, have you started planning for 2019 yet? What can fans expect to see and hear from you in the near future? 

CS: Plan nothing. Be careless. Enjoy yourselves. And somewhere in 2019, another Chris Stills record will come rumbling in.

To keep up to date with Chris Stills, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram. His album ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is available now. Photo credit: Dove Shore.